Spain is placed on UK Quarantine List
Spain Placed On UK Quarantine List UK Updates The Travel Quarantine List
Travellers returning to the UK from Spain will have to quarantine for 14 days.
The UK Updates the travel quarantine list
The UK Government has a safe list of countries that travellers do not need to quarantine if they arrive from those countries.
The government has confirmed that they will keep the conditions in these countries and territories under review.
If they worsen they will reintroduce self-isolation requirements.
On Saturday 25th July, the UK announced that they will update the quarantine list on a weekly basis.
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Spain is placed on UK Quarantine List
Countries or territories removed from the exempt list
Spain has been the first country that has been removed from the exempt list on Sunday 26 July 2020.
If you arrive in England and Scotland from Spain on or after 26 July you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.
The current quarantine list on the 26th July was 74 countries.
Monaco, Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia and St Vincent and the Grenadines added to the safe list
The decision came after a spike in coronavirus cases in Spain, with more than 900 new cases of the virus reported on Friday.
The talk is now of whether a second wave of coronavirus could be imminent as major cities, like Catalonia in Spain, have seen a rise in COVID-19 cases.
The UK Foreign Office has advised against all but essential travel to mainland Spain.
The travel advice does not apply to the Spanish islands such as the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, such as Palma and Ibiza but nonetheless, the UK quarantine will apply to anyone that arrives from the islands or mainland Spain.
Protecting public health is our absolute priority and we have taken this decision to limit any potential spread to the UK
We’ve always been clear that we would act immediately to remove a country [from quarantine exemptions list] where necessary.
Spain’s Coronavirus Situation?
Spain was one of Europe’s badly hit countries for the novel coronavirus.
With an ageing population, that is more susceptible to the virus, it has, to date, seen more than 28,000 coronavirus deaths.
Catalonia, which centre is the wealthy area of Barcelona, has become the latest region to impose restrictions on nightlife.
France has also warned its citizens not to travel to Catalonia while Norway has said it will start quarantining people arriving from Spain.
Spain Travel & Tourism
This is a huge blow for Spain’s tourism industry as travellers now rethink their travel plans.
Spain’s travel industry was already suffering since the global pandemic shut down international tourism.
The UK quarantine rules were put in place to relax travel and tourism bans and provided a way for the industry to try to recover.
It followed in the footsteps of other European Countries opening their borders.
– What Are the Alternatives to the Quarantine List?
– So what are the options?
Different countries are addressing the “new normal” in slightly different ways.
Most European countries are using a combination of testing, quarantines and exemptions.
Suggestions are that the government considers lifting the quarantine rules for flights to and from certain regions with lower infection rates, or to places such as the Balearic Islands or the Canaries.
So watch this space as to what is done for international travel & global mobility.
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